About Cohousing

What is Cohousing?

People sitting companionably on a bench reading using phones and laptops and tablets
Australian cohousing residents

Cohousing communities are intentional communities, created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, private home and there is shared community space. Residents come together to manage their community, share activities and resources, and regularly eat together.

This can happen anywhere, in your street or starting a new community using empty homes or building new.

Cohousing communities can be inter-generational, welcoming anyone of any age and any family structure, or specifically to cater for people who are older or are communities of common interest, for example for women or LGBT groups.”

UK Cohousing network website

Why Cohousing?

Cohousing is a way of recreating neighbourly support and community to address the isolation many people experience today. You are less likely to be lonely when there is always someone around to share coffee, a meal, or dig the garden with. At the same time personal space and time are respected.

“I learnt from my parents the value of having others around you in older age. Cohousing would enable me to live independently for much longer, with the companionship and support of others”

MUCH member

It is also a way to pool resources and share spaces. Individual households often have access to a shared laundry. Many have guest rooms, so you can function in a smaller space without losing contact with your friendship group and family.

Alison Cahne from Lancaster Cohousing made this TEDTalk about sharing:

Most groups are committed to high specification building or retrofit. This enables you to live comfortably whilst also reducing energy bills to a minimum. It also demonstrates concern for the future of the planet.

I want to live in a cohousing community because I want to live sustainably with like-minded people”

MUCH member